Upcoming Festival Appearance - Manchester UK, May 25, 2019 (Gigantic Vol.5)

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Upcoming Festival Appearance - Manchester UK, May 25, 2019 (Gigantic Vol.5)

UK live appearance alert!

On a bill including Echo & The Bunnymen, The Wonder Stuff, and The Bluetones, Juliana will appear at Manchester Academy on Saturday May 25, 2019 as part of Gigantic Vol.5.

Tickets: https://www.manchesteracademy.net/order/gateway/13339670/gigantic-vol-5-manchester-academy-2019-05-25-13-00-00

Unexpected!

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Juliana Releases Pussycat Home Demos

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Juliana Releases Pussycat Home Demos

Juliana, writing on her official site:

I would like to share the home demos I made for the songs on my 2017 Pussycat album. I am making them available for the completists and for the curious and for, well, anyone and everyone else. You can download them below and if you want you can pay for them; you can donate however much or little you desire (or not). Much of the money that comes in will go right back into more music-making (studio recording, etc.)

For more info and the download / donation links head to:

https://www.julianahatfield.com/for-sale/

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Boston, MA - August 18, 2018 - Photos, Set List

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Boston, MA - August 18, 2018 - Photos, Set List

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Juliana played at the Wicked Good Festival on Boston Common yesterday (Aug 18, 2018) on a bill that included Buffalo Tom and Bleachers.

She played:

  • Feel It
  • Sunny Somewhere
  • I See You
  • Somebody Is Waiting For Me
  • Wonder Why
  • Failure
  • My Sister
  • I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands
  • Necessito
  • Dancin' 'Round and 'Round
  • Everything Is Forgiven
  • Suspended In Time
  • Physical
  • Short-fingered Man
  • Choose Drugs

Set list info via Charlie P.

Thanks to David Young of Dry Eye Photography for these excellent photos:

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Interview - 'Become What You Are' — How An Album, Born Out Of Boston’s Early 90s Music Scene, Became A Gen-X Anthem | WGBH

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Interview - 'Become What You Are' — How An Album, Born Out Of Boston’s Early 90s Music Scene, Became A Gen-X Anthem | WGBH

Stacy Buchanan, for WGBH:

Juliana Hatfield Three’s Become What You Are just turned 25. It's hard to believe that one of Boston's most beloved albums is all grown up (and old enough to rent its own car). Reliving our own summers of '93 through the album sent us down the rabbit hole – and right to Ms. Hatfield's door.

Juliana Hatfield grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Berklee. By the time she formed the Juliana Hatfield Three with bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Phillips, she had already been musically involved with the Blake Babies and the Lemonheads, as well as having a solo career. But the Juliana Hatfield Three birthed Become What You Are – and with a little help from some of the best (you just had to be there) minutes from the 90s, it charted on the Billboard 200, and its single, “Spin the Bottle," charted on the Mainstream Top 40. The album also turned Hatfield into a cultural icon, a hero for a generation of women that didn’t always see a place for themselves in the alt-rock boom of the early 90s.

It's 2018, and Hatfield is still at it. She just released her 15th studio album, Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, and will be performing at the WERS Wicked Good Festival on Saturday, August 18. We caught up with her to recall the memorable Gen X moments that came from that first studio album – and the difficulties of being thrust into the limelight as a female artist, where commercial success did not connote respect.

 

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Audio - Deeper Than The Night

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Audio - Deeper Than The Night

Released on SoundCloud today and previously only available on a 7 inch bonus single sold with the Olivia Newton-John covers album, here's Juliana's version of Deeper Than The Night.

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Only Everything 2018 Vinyl Reissue

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Only Everything 2018 Vinyl Reissue

Run Out Groove are taking orders now through to August 7 for a limited 2018 vinyl reissue of Only Everything, which they expect to ship in November. They say:

· ROG to reissue Juliana’s Atlantic label debut album which has never been issued on vinyl in the US.
· The album was pressed once in Germany and hasn’t seen a vinyl reissue in 23 years
· Sourced from the original masters with lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio
· Will be pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton jacket
· Fans will be given the opportunity to help decide the final colorway of the vinyl pressing in our Facebook Poll @RunOutGrooveLPs
· Each record will come numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders

Only Everything was chosen this month by ROG customers from a list of possible albums to press. Each month they have a release available to order for only 30 days. As of today (July 18) there are only 20 full days left.

There are 2 discs and the track listing covers the original album, the 3 b-sides from the Universal Heart-beat EP / Single, and what appears to be an alternate version of Live On Tomorrow:

Side A
1 What A Life 3:22
2 Fleur De Lys 3:45
3 Universal Heart-Beat 3:25
4 Dumb Fun 3:26
5 Live On Tomorrow 2:59

Side B
1 Dying Proof 2:50
2 Bottles and Flowers 5:25
3 Outsider 3:16
4 OK OK 2:38

Side C
1 Congratulations 4:42
2 Hang Down From Heaven 3:22
3 My Darling 2:52
4 Simplicity Is Beautiful 4:14
5 You Blues 5:04

Side D
1 Where Would I Be Without You 4:07
2 Yardsailing 3:38
3 Girl In Old Blue Volvo Disowns Self 3:18
4 Live On Tomorrow 3:18

http://shop.runoutgroovevinyl.com/only-everything.html

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Interview with Juliana Hatfield - Goldmine Magazine

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Interview with Juliana Hatfield - Goldmine Magazine

Juliana, interviewed primarily about the Olivia album, by Warren Kurtz for Goldmine:

GM: You also taught me a few songs I didn’t know. Because of you, I finally bought the Xanadu soundtrack so that I could hear the original version of “Suspended in Time.” I also must have missed “Make a Move on Me” in 1982 on the radio, when I was listening to Quarterflash, Joan Jett and The Go-Go’s instead.

JH: “Suspended in Time” is most like a song I would have written. I love the chord progression and it felt most natural. “Make a Move on Me” was a big hit from the Physical album. You know, the album cover photo with short hair and a bandana. I changed it up to be a 4/4 rock song.

 

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Somerville, MA - May 7, 2018 - Photos, Set List (Bed 20th Anniversary Show)

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Somerville, MA - May 7, 2018 - Photos, Set List (Bed 20th Anniversary Show)

Juliana played The Burren in Somerville on Monday (May 7, 2018) for the 20th anniversary of 1998's Bed album, which she played in full from the start, followed by some bangers from Hey Babe, BWYA, Pussycat, and the Olivia Newton-John covers LP.

Set list and lineup info courtesy of Charlie P:
Magen Tracy: keyboard, percussion backing vocals.
Todd Philips: drums (and unmic'd backing vocals)
Ed Valauskas: bass and backing vocals

  • Down On Me
  • I Want To Want You
  • Swan Song
  • Sneaking Around
  • Backseat
  • Live It Up
  • You Are The Camera
  • Running Out
  • Bad Day
  • Let's Blow It All
  • Everybody Loves Me But You
  • I See You
  • Everything Is Forgiven
  • Suspended In Time
  • Physical
  • Dancin' 'Round and 'Round
  • Wonder Why
  • My Sister
  • Nirvana

Photos courtesy of David Young of Dry Eye Photography

YouTube is home to a bunch of clips. Thanks to spiketop for getting in touch about his playlist from the event and Carlos for other links.

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Upcoming Show - Wicked Good Festival, Boston Common, Aug 18, 2018

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Upcoming Show - Wicked Good Festival, Boston Common, Aug 18, 2018

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Via WERS.org:

88.9 WERS is proud to present a Wicked Good Festival, featuring FREE performances from Bleachers, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, and Air Traffic Controller with even more still to be announced! Free and open to the public, this community event on Boston Common will be fun for the whole family. So plan to join us on August 18th for our first ever and totally FREE Wicked Good Festival – make sure to check back regularly for festival updates and additions to the lineup.

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Interview - Cryptic Rock, Juliana confirms she is working on a new album

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Interview - Cryptic Rock, Juliana confirms she is working on a new album

Juliana, interviewed by Cryptic Rock, with some new album news:

CrypticRock.com – You have this new album, and you have continued to keep yourself busy through the years. Just in 2017 you released Pussycat, which was another really wonderful selection of original songs balancing youth and maturity. You mentioned you always have new ideas popping up, that in mind, are you working on any new music?

Juliana Hatfield – I am. I have already recorded some tracks with drums. I started work on my next album, I am writing it, recording it, and going to go back to the studio in early May to keep working on it. It’s all originals. 

CrypticRock.com – Excellent! That is a very quick turn over between album. Is it safe to say creative inspiration is flowing freely for you?

Juliana Hatfield – Yea, I feel good about the creative part of me, it’s in really healthy shape. If I want to be a working musician, I have to work, like anyone else. That’s how I survive, that is how I make a living. I have to keep working; just because I had a record come out recently, doesn’t mean I should just sit around and toss myself with champagne. I have to keep working, that’s what people do. 

 

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Upcoming Show - May 7, 2018, Somerville, MA - Bed 20th Anniversary

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Upcoming Show - May 7, 2018, Somerville, MA - Bed 20th Anniversary

20 years on! A gig announcement via The Burren, in Somerville, MA:

Juliana Hatfield celebrates the 20th Anniversary of her Bed LP by playing the record start to finish with drummer Todd Phillips who played on the recording. She’ll also be playing material from her Hey Babe LP (which turns 25 this year), as well as some stuff off her new critically acclaimed Juliana Hatfield sings Olivia Newton-John LP. Special guest Ed Valauskas on bass.

https://tickets.burren.com

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JHONJ Review Round-up 2

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JHONJ Review Round-up 2

Another batch of reviews for Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, with thanks again to Carlos Lopez for many of these links:

Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal:

At its best moments, the album finds Ms. Hatfield paying respect, but not fealty, to Ms. Newton-John’s familiar versions. Its best cuts—including “Dancin’ ’Round and ’Round” and “A Little More Love,” both from “Totally Hot”—call to mind not the originator, but the bright side of Ms. Hatfield, thus liberating the recording from the glum responsibilities of a nostalgia exercise.

Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone:

Pop supernova Olivia Newton-John and alt-pop heroine Juliana Hatfield both possess winsome sopranos, and this delightful album filters Newton-John's biggest hits through Hatfield's slightly grungier sensibility. Hatfield's obvious affinity for the source material is evident throughout, with her coy take on the late-Seventies smash "A Little More Love" and her heartfelt version of the Grease showstopper "Hopelessly Devoted to You" being particular highlights.

Robert Peacock, The Wee Review:

This album’s niche, then, but not pure gimmick. You might need to love both women to truly love this album, but you wouldn’t be disappointed if you were a fan of either, or even a curious bystander. Respect to Hatfield for being so hopelessly devoted to Newton-John and full marks for the cover art which does a good job of capturing the vibe.

Grant Walters, Albumism (5/5):

If you’re a fan of Newton-John’s or Hatfield’s, there are plenty of reasons you’ll want to put this record on and bask in its thoughtfulness. If you’re not familiar with either but appreciate an intuitive, talented artist giving voice to a batch of compelling compositions, this album’s for you too.

Jeff Rogers, saukvalley.com:

That new take on old songs works best where you might least expect it. Hatfield’s version of “Physical” is fun, where the original was kind of annoying. A reworking of “Xanadu” dials down the gloss just enough to let the subtle, fuzzy guitar give the undeniable earworm of a song an interesting twist. Same with “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “A Little More Love.”

Hyperbolium, No Depression:

Hatfield has internalized these songs and their artist in a thousand bedroom and car singalongs, and filters them through the original artistry they helped inspire. The contentment of “Have You Never Been Mellow” retains its optimistic mid-70s introspection while being deepened by Hatfield’s additional decades of life experience, and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” could just as easily be Hatfield singing about Newton-John as it was Sandy singing about Danny. This is a treat for fans of both Newton-John and Hatfield, and the only thing missing are some Grease photo cards to stick inside your locker.

Ian Rushbury, Under The Radar:

There's a great mix of reverence and alt-rock on this record, which moves Sings Olivia Newton-John from an idea that was better in planning than in practice onto a different level. About two or three songs into the album, you'll forget that it's a "concept" album and just enjoy it for what it is—a really strong collection of songs that just happen to come from an unlikely source. Now all we have to do is wait for the Olivia Newton John Sings Juliana Hatfield album.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #132: Juliana Hatfield - The Rumpus.net

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #132: Juliana Hatfield - The Rumpus.net

Juilana, interviewed by Allyson McCabe for an excellent article in The Rumpus:

Rumpus: I think you can even see it at the end of Grease, in her transformation from Sandra Dee to Sandy, although it takes the form of a makeover and a cigarette and some spandex pants.

 

Hatfield: I choose to look at the end of Grease in a different way. It’s too depressing to think, Oh, you just have to whore it up and you’ll get everything. You’ll get the man. You’ll get the happiness. I think at the end of Grease it’s more like she’s acknowledging that this is just a role that girls play, it was a wink, and just playful. And I think that’s what saves the ending of Grease. It’s a role she’s playing, but we’re all in the know.

Having said that, I think another part of why I have such an affinity for Olivia Newton-John is because I have had my own struggles with being perceived as a “good girl.” She’s really seen as someone who’s cute and sweet, and people have put her in that box, and I feel like some people have wanted to put me in that same kind of box. Sometimes I also feel like I’m limited by my own sense of right and wrong.

Rumpus: Tell me more.

Hatfield: Sandy’s character was kind of cursed to be a good girl, not just being perceived that way, but actually that is her nature, and she can’t escape it. And I felt that way too, like I was an outcast in high school because my peers were drinking, and having sex, and doing drugs, and I wasn’t and I couldn’t. I still wanted to hang out with these people, and they were my friends, but I felt like an outcast because I was not breaking the rules.

If you read just one of the interviews Juliana has given on the Olivia Newton-John covers album, make it this one.

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Xanadu - Juliana and Olivia versions mixed as a "duet" by Jake Fogelnest

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Xanadu - Juliana and Olivia versions mixed as a "duet" by Jake Fogelnest

This is marvellous.

Endorsed by jh too:

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Interview - Juliana Hatfield talks about ‘exciting challenge’ of covering Olivia Newton-John | The Current

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Interview - Juliana Hatfield talks about ‘exciting challenge’ of covering Olivia Newton-John | The Current

JG: Do you think that your fans listening might reassess your catalog as well, listening to it alongside these Olivia Newton-John songs?

 

JH: Maybe they will discover, as I am, that I have been more influenced by her musically than I ever realized. I thought I just loved her music, but, now when I go back and listen to my stuff, I can see similarities in some of the ways that I layer vocal harmonies against melody, and the way I orchestrate some of the backing keyboards and guitars and things. I think theres a Olivia Newton-John influence in some of my music. Just melodically, I love really pretty, melodious tunes and that’s something I love about her. I love the kind of melodies that move a lot. Yeah, I think there are similarities between us.

 

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JHONJ Release Day Review Round-up

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JHONJ Release Day Review Round-up

Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John is released today by American Laundromat Records. It's available on the major streaming / download sites, and on cd, cassette and vinyl direct form the label.

It seems that most of us who pre-ordered have had the album for the last week or two.

I agree with what seems to be a universal consensus - it's a wonderful idea, superbly executed. It is the perfect way to follow Pussycat.

With thanks as ever to Carlos Lopez for many of the links that appear on these pages, here are some of the reviews:

Gina, Fools Rush In:

Hatfield says in her liner notes that she has always found Newton-John’s work inspiring and positive, and that completely virtuous stance shines through in her interpretations of it: there’s nothing cynical or kitschy in her choice of artist. Unlike the usual goofy ‘70s covers many bands choose, there’s absolutely no irony here: instead, Hatfield successfully injects her vision into ours, so that, at the end of the record, rather than dismissing her, we learn to have that same kind of faith in her too.

Chris Martin, Atlanta Auditory Association:

If I had not known this was an album of ONJ songs I would swear the rocking “Totally Hot” and “Make a Move On Me” were Hatfield originals. If you ever listen to Hatfield’s music, then you know disco is far from her sound, so I was curious as to how she would handle the tunes “Magic” and “Xanadu”. Staying true to the originals she nails both giving them a hint of the disco vibe while grounding them with perfectly placed guitars.

Jeff Gemill, The Old Grey Cat:

Aside from a sped-up “Dancin’ ‘Round and ‘Round,” the arrangements hew close to the originals, though the pop and pop-country overtones are replaced with the punky pop-rock embellishments that have long accented Juliana’s work. Electric guitars are often at the fore – even on the opener, “I Honestly Love You,” which is raw and real.

The epiphany: These songs are as much a reflection of Juliana’s soul as her own compositions. It’s “This Lonely Love” brought into the open for all to see and share.

aLfie vera mella, Cryptic Rock (5/5):

The 1980s and the 1990s may be both heralded as prolific and proficient ages of music in terms of outputs and stylistic diversity. Taking this into consideration, Hatfield’s homage to Newton-John is a completion of a circle. It is, therefore, a doubly worthy contribution to the 2010s own streak of musical greatness that is surely to be hailed in the decades to come. CrypticRock gives Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John 5 out of 5 stars.

Glenn Gamboa, Newsday (4.5/5):

With “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” (American Laundromat), Hatfield not only showcases the sturdiness of Newton-John’s undeniable catalog, which spans country, pop and rock, but by amping up the edges serves as a reminder of the barriers the Aussie singer broke through in the ’70s.

Christopher Long, Ink 19:

For longtime Newton-John admirers, the 14-track collection will take ya on a friendly-feeling trip down memory lane. However, it’s the non Newton-John fans – the young folks who weren’t around back in the old days, as well as Hatfield’s fervent followers, who will reap the greatest joy from this set, as it stands tall on its own, simply as a solid, new rock release.

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